BBC is giving away 1 million mini computers

Mark Guzdial, Apr 28, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The full title of this post is: "BBC is giving away 1 million mini computers so kids can learn to code: Prediction — little impact on broadening participation." Mark Guzdial continues: "Why are people so excited about handing out bare board computers to grade school children? Is this just white males emphasizing the attributes that attract them?" But, frankly, this doesn't seem to be the case here. According to the BBC release, "Make it Digital will capture the spirit of the BBC Micro, which helped Britain get to grips with the first wave of personal computers in the 1980s." It also includes a bevy of partnerships that make the program more than just a large tech giveaway. Oh, sure, it could still fail. But it's not an automatic failure, and the upside is considerable if it succeeds. More: Mashable.

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